THE CRAFT: LEGACY (2020)
This reboot/remake/sequel brings the story of The Craft to a modern audience in a film that straddles the line between paying homage to what has come before and leaning further into the magic of the story’s witches.
When a trio of high school witches suspects that the new girl in class possesses powers like them, they bring her into the group and explore their abilities while a threat close to home threatens to tear them apart. Writer/director Zoe Lister Jones captures the magic of 1996’s film and capitalizes on it, thanks to the foursome of Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna. Unfortunately, however, scenes flip from direct callbacks and recreations to new territory in the story all too often, sometimes with verbatim dialogue pulled from the previous film. Some of the choices feel lazy and the dialogue cheesy, but harmless all in all. Michelle Monaghan is a delight and David Duchovny (who sounds like Jeff Goldblum if you close your eyes) successfully delivers in this darker role that develops throughout the film.
Blumhouse has a tough track record with me in the sense that they seem to develop anything and everything. While I’m a fan of giving new voices a chance, some of the products tend to lower your expectations of the Blumhouse brand moving forward; you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Here, The Craft: Legacy is a solid return to the story of these witches that shows promise for continued exploration of this crafted (pun intended) world.
The Craft: Legacy is available on VOD today.
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